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Because Zanosar is an older medication, limited information is available about the potential side effects and how often these reactions might occur. However, based on available information, some of the commonly reported problems include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Also, if you develop a fever, unusual bleeding, or other potentially serious Zanosar side effects, seek immediate medical care.
An Introduction to Zanosar Side EffectsAs with any chemotherapy medicine, Zanosar® (streptozocin) can cause side effects. In fact, most people will experience some type of reaction to this drug, and some side effects can be quite significant. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this medicine.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Zanosar. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Common Side Effects With ZanosarFor many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that occurred in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including Zanosar, includes only vague information about potential side effects, with no exact information about how frequently they may occur. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common problems with these medications may be.
Based on available information, possible Zanosar side effects may include but are not limited to:
- Nausea (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- Kidney toxicity
- An increase in liver enzymes, which could be a sign of liver problems
- A decrease in white blood cells (see Chemotherapy and Infections)
- A decrease in platelets (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
- Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Problems with how your body processes glucose (sugar)
- Burning, redness, or swelling at the injection site
- Lethargy (extreme sleepiness and lack of energy)